Friday, September 26, 2014

Apple's train is late ....

—  You  Berks                         

The first thing I saw yesterday morning when I woke and went to put sleep and weight data into my FitBit account, was an iPad update notice from Apple.  There was a very long list of improvements, and I was anxious to see whether, finally, Apple will allow me to delete all mail in a lump sum, instead of having to delete every blessed item individually (didn't see that included).  The second thing I noticed was that this update could not be installed because it required 6.9 GB of storage, and I had just 3.4 G.B. available.

I rang up my list of items that used hardware storage that was under my control, namely Apps, and noted that if I deleted every single item it would free up just a shade over 2 GB. What's using the rest of my 32GB?  This is not like a PC, where you can just look at the contents, so I have no  clue.  What I do know is, that if I cannot install this update, then I will never be able to install any subsequent updates, which mens that in just 6 months after shelling out $600 for this iPad, it is obsolete. ????  Right?  I mean, it's not like a PC, where you can simply install more memory.  You're stuck.

Then I saw that Drudge had posted the "Warning, do not install iOS 8 update story, so maybe this update is so fkd'up that nobody with iPad Air can use it?  Anyone?

Now let me say that iPad is a glorious device.  Once you get the hang of how things work, it's efficient and fabulously intuitive.  Apple, then, makes the trains run on time;  but then so too did Mussolini.  It's fair to say that Apple is a benevolent dictatorship.  The user must adapt to a very rigidly controlled governing body that  allows virtually no freedom to cross the border into, say, squalid Mexico, where one might contract a STD.  It is the the nanny state personified. 

The downside to Mussolini's government.
Here's an example of  what Applers must live with.  When I bought the iPad Air, I bequeathed my Gen 1 iPad to MoSup.  I foolishly returned it to it's original state, so that she could begin anew.  But guess what?  When we went to install the Apps she wanted, like Facebook, Kindle, NetFlix, etc., it was no longer possible.  "This app requires iOS 7 or higher"  was the response for everything. Even apps that iTunes App store showed as having been "purchased"  were rejected.  Not only can't she install Kindle, she can't install ANY book reader.  NADA.  She cannot install Firefox, or Chrome. 

Yes, I spent hours browsing the web, where other iPadders were suggesting ways that might allow this or that, but I could find no Apple explanation for why programs that ran yesterday were no longer viable today?  They don't, evidently, have to explain themselves.

I'm actually writing this for Apple support's benefit, which assistance I am about to request; and posting it as an aside.


Anonymous said...

I had the same problem with my iPhone 5S, but I could update through iTunes without deleting any of my stuff. I only had 2 GB available on the phone at the time.

Anonymous said...

1) If your device is too full to do an over-the-air update, do it via iTunes and physical cable connection.

2) The update they pulled was not iOS8. It was iOS8.0.1. iOS8 is perfectly safe.

Anonymous said...

Only stupid people use Apple products. It's the most arrogant company on the planet, far worse than either Microsoft or Oracle.

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